(Closed) Reception Location Confusion

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

I would talk to the first venue and I am sure they will be able to placate some of your concerns/fears.

If you go with the second venue then you will need to hire probably a DOC to help with setup.  I know you say that you can’t afford one, but I would make room in your budget.

But before you rule out the first venue, ask questions and get some clarity on what you are nervous about.

Post # 3
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I agree with PP. See what your first venue is able to do. If it’s not possible, look at a DOC. There’s some who are just starting out, and can be reasonably priced. If you’re only using them for day of, I’ve seen them as low as $300-$500. Make the room in your budget… it will drive you crazy to have to set up all by yourself. 

Or, ask family. 

Post # 4
47383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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1. Ask the first venue to demonstrate how they would seat 48 people. There are also interactive tools on the net where you can enter the dimensions of your room and do a seating plan.

2. If you go with the pavilion, you cold hire a couple of college or high school students to do the setup and stay at the pavilion until you and your guests arrive.  If you have everything organized for them, and pictures for them to follow, I am sure they can handle it.

Post # 5
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would ask your first venue how they can fit in that amount of people. If they say they can, it would be nice to see that. It’s a tough one with the pavilion. I would see if there are any friends that could help you out? That’s really the only way to go. The nice thing about having it inside is that sometimes you can get in the day before and set-up (that’s what I did). Good luck!

Post # 6
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2016

A thought (and what we are doing) is to see if you have any friends that aren’t bridesmaids, or relatives you can trust, that can take on that “day of coordinator” role. Someone who would love to be involved in your wedding, but isn’t already a part of your bridal party.

Second thought, is what mrsblueeyes suggested, a lot of places will let you go in the night before.

Post # 7
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We were looking at a pavilion originally and changed to a place we could set up the night before and didn’t have to clean to the following day.

The pavilion we would have had to move tables and rent tablecloths,  dishes, silverware,  etc.  It seemed like it would have been a really big hassle and I didn’t really have anyone to do the setup without me.

Will your first place have enough space for a dance floor?  Could you just move your sweetheart table or head table when it is time to dance?

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